The weather, currently.
Takeaways for Chicago's weather:
1. A More Tolerable Heat
2. Rain Holds Off Until Weekend
3. Keeping Cooler Lakeside
After triple digit heat on Tuesday a more tolerable brand of heat expected with 80s and 90s through the weekend. Highs will hit the middle to upper 80s through Friday with plenty of sunshine. Lower 90s on Saturday and then cooling back off to near 80°F for a high on Sunday and Monday. Cooler lakeside with a wind off the lake Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday. Next good chance for rain comes in the form of scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday night through Saturday night. Not a washout but at least a few chances for rain.
What you need to know, currently.
Everyone get ready to soak up the sun, as the first day of astronomical summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) has officially arrived. Although, meteorological summer began on June 1, and many of us have already been feeling the heat!
Today marks the summer solstice, making it the start of a new season as well as the longest day of the year. According to the National Weather Service, the solstice began at 5:13 a.m. on the East Coast and 2:13 a.m. on the West Coast.
A solstice occurs when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit when its at the most northerly point in the sky — above the Tropic of Cancer — at 23.5 degrees north latitude. It sits there for a bit before reversing and continuing its way southward towards the equator. Today, we have the most hours of daylight and the least amount of darkness out of any day in the year because the sun takes the longest path across the sky from sunrise to sunset.
The summer solstice corresponds with the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, which — conversely — marks the start of the winter season and the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Solstices happen every June and December and historically, were used as ways of timekeeping, as they occur at the same time around the world.